For many lawyers, their work can be a matter of life and death. That’s more than true for Jason Livingston, L’97, at the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). UNOS is headquartered in Richmond, and Livingston is general counsel, working at the complicated intersection of law, medicine, and ethics.
“We have to often determine whether planned transplants conflict with the law,” Livingston said. “If someone has a novel idea for allocating an organ, the laws may not permit it. You can’t legally give any valuable consideration for an organ, but the law doesn’t define what that is and isn’t.”
Livingston joined the UNOS legal team in 2001 and now leads the department. His day-to-day work involves the intricacies of organ allocation policies and procedures, but the goal is always clear.
“We’re transplanting more people than ever, but people are being added faster than we can find organ donors,” Livingston said. “Our No. 1 goal is to reverse that trend.”